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Traffic and parking advisory for First Night Boston 2021

First Night festivities taking place in the City of Boston on Friday, December 31, 2021, will impact traffic and parking in the Back Bay as well as on Boston’s waterfront.

People coming into the City to celebrate are strongly encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles. Drivers are strongly cautioned to carefully read all posted signs to ensure that their vehicle is parked in accordance with parking restrictions. Information on Bluebikes, the regional bike share service, may be found online and information on the MBTA may be found on the MBTA website. Walking is also a great way to move around Boston.

  • From December 31 at 8 a.m. through January 1 at 1 a.m., Dartmouth Street, between Saint James Avenue and Boylston Street, will be closed to traffic.
  • On December 31, Boylston Street, between Ring Road and Charles Street, will be closed to traffic from approximately 4 - 8 p.m.
  • On December 31, Charles Street, between Boylston Street and Beacon Street, will be closed to traffic from approximately 5 - 8 p.m.

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Tuesday-Saturday” parking restrictions will be in effect, as follows:

  • Boylston Street, Copley Square side, from Dartmouth Street to Clarendon Street

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Friday, 12:01 A.M. – Saturday 5 A.M.” parking restrictions will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. on December 31 through 5 a.m. on January 1 as follows:

  • Boylston Street, both sides, from Berkeley Street to Arlington Street
  • Trinity Place, Copley Fairmont side, from Saint James Avenue to Stuart Street

“Tow Zone No Stopping Friday” parking restrictions will be in effect on Friday, December 31, as follows:

  • Arlington Street, both sides, from Beacon Street to Boylston Street
  • Atlantic Avenue, east side, from East India Row to Commercial Street; west side, from Commercial Wharf to Cross Street
  • Beacon Street, both sides, from Charles Street to Arlington Street
  • Berkeley Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Blagden Street, both sides, from Dartmouth Street to Exeter Street, not including the BPL parking zone
  • Boylston Street, both sides from Ring Road to Berkeley Street; Public Garden side, from Arlington Street to Charles Street
  • Cambridge Street, City Hall side, from the driveway near Court Street to the JFK Building
  • Charles Street, Public Garden side, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Charles Street South, odd side, from Park Plaza to Boylston Street
  • Clarendon Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street; Trinity Church side, from Boylston Street to Saint James Avenue
  • Dartmouth Street, both sides, from St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Saint James Avenue, both sides, from Clarendon Street to Dartmouth Street
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